Dom Roman, Luke Hunter and Sam Druiff tell TT about their #TUFC ups and downs of 2017, plus give predictions for 2018.
TUFC Highlight of 2017 –
Dom – Dover (A), 22nd April and just about clinching our National League status (see my Away Day of the Year). Apart from that starting this website and getting well over 200 articles on here for TUFC fans. It’s been tough going at times, especially writing about so many defeats! But with lots of help from Luke, I think the site has progressed really well. Also building up a mini-TT team with people like Luke, Rich, Sam Jones, Karl Standeven and Sam Druiff on board has made it worth the effort. As a club it’s all doom and gloom again, but I will not stop supporting and writing about the team.
Luke – Tranmere (H), 5th August. It’s been a bad, bad year and for obvious reasons this isn’t an easy question. By its own right, I could pick North Ferriby, which was such a fantastic day in the beautiful summer weather and that relief of staying up was momentous. But, it feels pointless because once again, we’re in the same situation again. Tranmere was a great day spent with great people and it was actually a really entertaining game, even without a goal – we don’t know how valuable that point is just yet so i’ll go with that.
Sam – The highlight for me has to be staying up last season. With three games to go I thought we were dead and buried.
TUFC Lowlight of 2017 –
Dom – Kevin Nicholson leaving. Kevin is a great guy and the first TUFC manager who has properly communicated with the fans – somebody who was really interested in what we had to say. He was totally committed to the cause and busted a gut on every facet of the club – from the playing side, to the Youth set-up, the Ladies team and everything else. Kevin was kind enough to get a card signed by the squad for me for Rich’s wedding. I picked it up at the Boreham Wood game and by the end of the week he had gone, a terrible shame. I still think he could have turned things around and I just know he’ll find success in the future.
Luke – Lincoln (A), 14th April. I’ve experienced a lot of heartbreak watching Torquay United, but good god that was a bleak fixture. We were so competitive against the league’s runaway leaders in front of a bumper crowd and so well placed at 0-1 up, only for Lincoln to hit two in quick succession. Devastation. Compounded by some horrendous irritation from the hospitality based Lincoln fans behind the away fans – maybe one day we can get them back for that.
Sam – It has to be when Kev was sacked. I’m still gutted and confused.
Top Home Match of the Year –
Dom – Not many to choose from really as Plainmoor has been a depressing place for much of the year! I’ll say North Ferriby in April. I was struggling to park as it was such a big crowd, and we eased to a 2-0 victory on a sunny day at Plainmoor. Another great escape achieved and of course we hoped the team could move on from it…but of course now we’re back in the s##t!
Luke – Maidenhead (H), 3rd October. There’s an added romance to Plainmoor under the lights, especially when we’re treated to a 4-0 win. It was seamless that night, everything just worked – for a minute, I believed Gary Owers might be the missing ingredient to turn this dreadful few years around.
Sam – Braintree at Home in April. I know it wasn’t the day we stayed up but that win kept us up. It was the game that everyone around the club knew we could do it and stiff against GI.
Top Away Day of the Year –
Dom – Dover 22nd April. What a day that was. Interviewed by the ITV cameras before getting the bus (not included on TV though!), chatting with Dave Thomas at the services, meeting Karl Standeven at the pub and then beating the promotion chasers in their own back yard. What a strike that was from Brett Williams in the second half, a moment to saviour in another difficult year supporting United!
Luke – Halifax (A), 21st October. A fantastic town that literally seems to boast a pub within every other building. Torquay were competitive, in that we scored and didn’t lose. An absolute deluge forced us on a train detour to Huddersfield that actually made the day more enjoyable – even more pubs.
Sam – Bromley last season. Poor game but a minibus full of mates and booze were what away games are all about!
TUFC Predictions for 2018 –
Dom – We have been riding our luck for two years and this could be about to end in 2018. I just cannot bring it on myself to predict relegation though, and I still think we’re only a couple of players away from getting the right results. So another nail-biting April awaits, where we win a couple and stay up by the skin of our teeth. Owers and Kuhl remain in charge and the summer sees another squad overhaul!
Luke – Man alive. It’s so difficult to say, I’ve seen marginal improvements in the Gary Owers side in fairness, but the results haven’t followed at the rate we need them. I’ll put my neck on the line and say we’ll stay up – just – again – but that’s massively dependent on two things; strong results over Christmas and better striker recruitment than we’ve seen so far.
Sam – I honestly don’t know. I really hope we are here in a years time mid-table in the National League. But who knows.